In my story I've got a group of seven super powered, Machiavellian villains. They're called the Sephiroth, after the Tree of Life, the seeds of which gave them their powers. Their personal motives are diverse, though mostly based around the various ways they were shafted in a war twenty years ago. The problem is their group motive, the MacGuffin if you will, seems dreadfully cliche. They banded together a few years after the war to find a way to never have to fight another war again. Of course, in doing so they've created a sovereign nation and amassed an army of their own. [This is were the cliche starts. Though, I guess amassing an army is a cliche from the real world] The Sephiroth created a clone of the world's Adam and Eve to use as the keys to open the gates to Eden and become Gods and use that power to restart the world as they see fit. The main part of the story concerns the homunculus clone thing of Eve getting for lack of a better word misplaced, and the various misadventures of the guy who finds her crashed in a forest and the other people who want to keep her away from the increasingly desperate bunch of superpowered crazies. The problem is that destroying the world seems so cliche, but there's not much else I can think of that would be cause to keep the girl away from them. Even if you look like someone's dead daughter, they aren't going to be willing to put their life on the line just so that you don't have to do something less than bring about the apocalypse. Which, the apocalypse always seems to be the root of most every epic fantasy tale and their mother. The characters separately aren't that bad, each is loosely based on one of the Seven Sins, and all of them have their own reasons for wanting a new world to be created: One lost everything he owned because of the war, one was raped and set on fire by soldiers, one had her family killed, one was paralyzed, one was soldier who lost his entire troop, one's the clone of the Adam type, and one's just a drug addict and sociopath (every group needs one). It's just as a whole that the problem arises.